Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas in one post

Before things get all Christmassy up in here…

…because if you know anything about me, you know I’m VERY EXCITED for Christmas. I can barely contain my excitement that today I saw the very first red hut of the Christmas market being set up in the pedestrian street near my apartment. Hells to the yeah!

But before I go and do that, I wanted to show off these cute jack-o’-lanterns I saw while on a walk shortly after Halloween.

Cute little fellas, aren’t they?

I love Thanksgiving and all, and I’m happy to once again be hosting a dinner at my place with some friends, but I secretly wouldn’t mind if I could already get Christmas decorations set up here. I have a ceramic jack-o’-lantern up in the attic that I didn’t bother to get down this year, and that doesn’t bother me one bit. Ha. It doesn’t help that Germany doesn’t have the buffer of Thanksgiving to really let loose on all the Christmas stuff.

The beginning of the Christmas markets is upon us!

5 more days until the Santa Pauli market starts, on the 20th. Then the rest of the ones across the city start on the 24th. That is NEXT Monday, folks! That means I can go to the Christmas market several times if I want to before even celebrating Thanksgiving! Can we say best of both worlds!?

I still won’t be able to partake in the Glühwein (except for maybe a sip or two) since I’m still breast feeding. But last year while pregnant I tried out some of the various alcohol-free options and a lot of them were pretty tasty.

You can find more info about the Hamburg Christmas markets here.

And oh my gosh, people. I just read there are Christmas parades. I am definitely going to go to one of them! It IS Theo’s first Christmas, and all. Have to give him the full experience, right? ;)

This totally made my day.

I was texting my sister-in-law back and forth last night and wanted to attach a picture to send to her. When I went to pull up the picture, there were two new pictures on my camera roll that at first I was like…where did these come from!? A picture of Abby and of me with the same twirly mustache. Haha what?! Then I realized my mom had sent those – and I remembered that WhatsApp automatically saves pictures to my camera roll – and I walked into the other room to show Tobias, only to see him looking at the exact same pictures on Facebook. Made me laugh SO much! I love my family and their silliness so much. Thanks for the laughs, Mom. Happy Friday, all.

A thrill of anticipation…

Christmas, folks.

IT’S COMING. IN 51 DAYS. (!!!)

We were in IKEA today and I was elated to see they’ve put up Christmas decorations in their display rooms. Theo was excited too, can’t you tell?

I know, I know. Thanksgiving first. All that jazz.

Speaking of jazz, I was listening to some last night while cooking with Tobias. He ran out to get some last-minute ingredients at the store…and I switched the music over to a Christmas jazz playlist and danced around the kitchen with Theo. Tobias came home and I tried to cover it up. “NO, WE WEREN’T LISTENING TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC WHILE YOU WERE GONE!” …except the singer crooning “Silver Bells” in the background betrayed me.

Tobias loves me a lot, so he just laughed at me and listened to a few more songs with me.

And because I love Tobias a lot, I switched back to the other playlist after those couple of songs.

And that, my friends, is a good example of compromise in a marriage. Putting up with each other’s craziness, and also knowing when to hold back when needed.

Happy Halloween!

Even though Halloween is a little bit annoying in Germany, I’m still excited about this holiday because it’s Theo’s first.

Last week, I did a quick little sewing project to make him a special onesie for today, since his first costume is store-bought. It’s funny how “mom guilt” can creep up on you when it’s not even warranted. Anyway, it’s better this way. As you can see, the zebra suit is still too big, so he’ll be able to wear it for a while longer because it’s not too costume-y.

Back to the Halloween is annoying in Germany thing – I know pranks and stuff happen in the States too, but when kids say, “Trick or treat!” they get their treat and go. They don’t actually trick anyone who doesn’t shell out candy. But here…I’m not sure if it’s more adults or kids doing this…but the next day, if you’re unlucky, you’ll find someone has smeared doorknobs with shaving cream or ketchup. Not cool, Germany. Not cool.

Anyway, Happy Halloween! I’m not sure if we’ll get any trick-or-treaters tonight, but I’ll make sure we have some candy just in case.

Taking pictures of Theo was funny today. He was tired and was not so happy I put the zebra costume on him at first…

Hmm…not so sure…

I’m tired, Mom!

Ahh, the pacifier. Now I can zone out for a bit…

Two minutes later…zzzzzzz(ebra)

And 20 minutes later, awake and ready to continue the photo shoot!

Now I’m much happier!